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Carolynn Coiner


October 16, 2023 (Elgin, Ill.) – Valerio Draghi has been named Middleby Food Processing Global Product Expert for Dry-Cured Meat Processing Plants. He will provide production support to dry- cured meat processing facilities and assess opportunities for automation, implementing solutions from the Middleby Food Processing portfolio of brands.

Valerio’s experience in the dry-cure meat industry spans several continents and includes seven years as a technical director, where he focused on the unique processes of automatic dry cured meat plants, including a 160 ton per day automatic salami plant and a 75 ton per day pepperoni automatic plant. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the Politecnico of Milano in Italy and began his career creating specialized clean room facilities for many in the food industry based on their specialized requirements.

“Our customers know that Middleby Food Processing will meet their exact specifications as we continue to push the boundaries of what automation can accomplish,” said Mark Salman, President of the Middleby Food Processing Group. “Valerio personally knows the challenges of dry-cured meat processes and he has the technical knowledge to understand which of our technologies are best suited for each unique product to solve production and labor needs.”

Middleby Food Processing is a leading supplier of processing equipment to the food industry. For more information on Middleby Food Processing Group, visit

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